Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRNK 181944 AFDRNK Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Blacksburg VA 344 PM EDT Mon Sep 18 2017 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure will remain over the region this week resulting in mainly dry and mild weather during the next few days. Jose should track north, off the east coast today through Tuesday, before sliding just east of New England on Wednesday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 250 PM EDT Monday... An upper-level ridge will remain over the Eastern United States this afternoon into Tuesday. Surface high pressure will control our weather into Tuesday. At 15 UTC, Hurricane Jose was located near 33.9 North and 71.1 West. Jose is moving toward the north near 9 mph and will continue this motion trough Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Jose is forecast to pass well offshore of the Outer Banks of North Carolina this evening, pass well east of the Delmarva peninsula tonight and Tuesday. A blend 12z GFS, 12z NAM, 12z ECMWF, 12z UKMET and 12z Canadian is reasonably close to the 15Z NHC Track for Jose. See latest NHC advisory for more information. Any shallow afternoon convection will diminish quickly with the loss of solar heating this evening. Strato-cu will linger during the evening before better subsidence starts to result in clearing overnight. The combination of low level moisture and light winds will result in fog and stratus especially in the western valleys overnight. The coverage of fog will be less in the east with more mixing expected. Low temperatures tonight will range from around 50 in the cooler mountain valleys to the lower 60s in the piedmont. The upper ridge will amplified Tuesday as a closed low digs into the northwest. Low level convergence, orographic lift and heating may generate some isolated shallow convection Tuesday afternoon. High temperatures will vary from the lower 70s in the mountains to the mid 80s in the Piedmont. && .SHORT TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/...
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As of 330 PM EDT Monday... The forecast area will remain sandwiched between tropical activity to the east and first signs of winter in the west with little significant weather in our neighborhood. Jose is forecast to be either a Category 1 hurricane of a strong tropical storm by tomorrow evening and continuing to move north toward New York and New England. Effects locally will be nil except for some subsidence along the western periphery. That may be offset somewhat by weak shortwave energy moving through the Ohio Valley and generating some clouds mainly across the mountains Tuesday night into Wednesday, Precipitation chances will be slight with widely scattered showers and mainly confined to the mountains in association with differential heating due to terrain. Meanwhile a strong upper trough over western Canada will be digging southward into the Pacific northwest and northern Rockies during this period helping to amplify the ridge building across the eastern CONUS. 550 mb heights will be rising to near 590 dm across the Mid- Mississippi Valley by late Thursday and through the weekend with unseasonable warmth pushing eastward. Highs Wed/Thu will run upper 70s west to mid-80s east with lows upper 50s to mid-60s, also well above normal.
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As of 330 PM EDT Monday... Upper ridge becomes even more dominant in the extended period with a large a dome of high pressure covering the eastern CONUS and extending north into southern Canada right through the weekend. The upper low out west digs even further south into the Great Basin as short-wave energy continues to drop into the long-wave trough. At the same time whatever is left of Jose may be lingering in the western Atlantic with models continuing to struggle with how blocking to the north may affect future movements. At the same time tropical system Maria, likely still a hurricane, will be entering the picture but still well off the southeast coast. Temperatures thought the extended period will remain at about 5F to 10F above mid- to late September climatology and chances for significant precipitation will remain low beneath the strong and persistent ridge.
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&& .AVIATION /20Z MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... As of 141 PM EDT Monday... SCT TO BKN MVFR clouds expected this afternoon into tonight. Some isolated afternoon showers may develop along the eastern side of the Blue Ridge and Appalachians. Any showers will diminish quickly this evening with the loss of solar heating. Clouds will spread out under the inversion this evening, then clear out late tonight. This clearing will allow areas of low clouds and fog to develop tonight into Tuesday morning. The best chance for sub-VFR fog will occur in the western valleys with less out east per a bit stronger wind gradient. Winds light east to northeasterly around 10 kts or less this afternoon, will become light north to northwest tonight into Tuesday. High confidence in ceilings, visibilities and winds during the taf periods. Extended Aviation Discussion... Overall persistence forecast to prevail for most of the upcoming week with strengthening high pressure remaining in place between Jose offshore and weak cold fronts approaching from the west. This should maintain good flying weather outside of early morning fog/stratus through late next week, with only isolated diurnal showers possible each afternoon. && .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VA...None. NC...None. WV...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JH NEAR TERM...KK SHORT TERM...PC LONG TERM...PC AVIATION...JH/KK is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.